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Respecting IRELAND. Art, 13. A Letter to the Right Honourable Lord North, on his
Proponions in favour of Ireland, By Francis Dobbs, Esq; Barrifler at Law. Dublin, printed; London, reprinted. 8vo. 6 d. Bladon. 1778.
If Ireland does not assume the language and conduct of North America, the fault will not reft with Mr. Dobbs, who seems ready to dye his bar.gown red to obtain a nominal diminutive independency, which could not perhaps be permanent.
N. Art. 14. Seasonable Advice to the People of Ireland, during the
prefent Receis of Parliament. Dublin printed, London reprinted. Evo 6d. Wilkie. 1780.
A sensible, temperate representation, calculated to conciliate the minds of the two nations.
. N Art. 15. Thoughts on a Fund for the Improvement of Credit in
Great Britain, and the Ettabliinment of a National Bank in Ireland. 8vo. 1S. Murray. 1780.
Among the schemes for national improvement and convenience, that of funding is the most mysterious in its operations; at least to as authors, - whose studies are raiher directed to overturn the unrea, fonable credit which our booksellers with to establish in their dealings with us. We therefore refer this subject to the mature confideration of the Irish patriots, whom it more immediately concerns :-obferving only, in general terms, that the pamphlet appears to be sensibly written; and that the thoughts contained in it deserve the mature consideration of all who may be interelted in the scheme propoled, on either side of the water.
POLITICA L. " Art. 16. Political Reveries, and Utopian Schemes for the Welfare
of Great Britain and Ireland. By an Idle Man. With a Plan for new modelling the British Forces by Sea and Land. Svo. Is. 6 d. Richardson, in the Strand, 1780,
Where political schemes, various and extensive in their objects, are formed, they are properly characterized as of an Utopian nature, Our present Idle Man is a busy writer, and discusses many parts of our national policy, both internal and external. He decides against the probability of our reducing the continent of America, and would have our colonies to consist only of islands, that might be con. trouled by our fleets. He proteits againil draining away our men for foreign land service, and would raise German troops with British mopey for all such occasions, to diminish the inconveniencies of a halfpay lift. He is for reducing our land forces according to this idea, and for increasing our marines and artillery ; properly remarking, that, as an insular power, all our forces ought to be of an amphi. bious nature. But our Auihor does not contine himself to these ob. jects ; his Reveries exänd incidentally to the most effectual mode of saising taxes ; the propriery of an equal land-tax; the sale of church, lands, and those in public cruits; the planting oaks for ship-build. ing; a triat application of the linking fund; a general paturalization, &c.; so that his purchasers have variety enough for their money. Without following so multifarious an author through all his meanders,
we shall conclude with intimating, that while a writer of any abilities indulges his reveries, he may throw out remarks, and start hints in the course of impracticable plans, that may nevertheless deserve se.. sious attention.
N. ..Art. 17. I be Speech of Leonard Smelt, Ela; delivered by him at
the Meeting of the County of York, Dec. 30, 1779, with Notes
The Editor observes, in his advertisement, that as this speech was not taken down in Mort-hand, the present copy is not to be considered as pretending to be an exact copy of every word that was spoken by Mr. Smelt; but as it was put together from the notes taken by leveral gentlemen present, the Public may rely on its authenticity in point of
argument and of sentiment, as much as on that of any speech in parlia• ment that is not immediately published under the Author's own inspec
tion. He adds, it is presumed that the Public will accordingly rely on
beld at York, on Thursday, the zo:h of December, 1779. By
The public prints have sufficiently informed us of the odium which this gentleman incurred by freely declaring his sentiments in a generat assembly, professedly held to collect the opinions of the county. He complains that his speech has been misrepresented, both in manner and substance, and he therefore does himself justice in this publi.
No one who has ever attended a numerous assembly of this nature, will boast much of the maturity of their deliberations, or of the libe rality of their proceedings. When a particular point is to be carried, any indiscreet individual who ventures to open his mouth against it, is sure to be hooted into filence, aod may esteem himself happy if he escapes actual violence, while the favourites of the meeting may pro. cure their eager sanction to any thing they are prepared to offer.
But when the professed advocates for liberty become arbitrary, which is sometimes the case where their predominant humour is op posed, they act like some of the early reformers, who no sooner révolted against the errors of the Romith church, and formed little ecclefiaftical establishments themselves, than up farted such petry Popes as Calvin, who employed those faggots, they had jut escaped, against their brethren. It is a mild rebuke to apply the words in the gospel to those who have liberty in their mouths, and tyranny in their hearts -- Ye know not what manner of Spirit ye are of.
Mr. Smelt does not, in this authentic copy of his speech, appear to be altogether the abject tool of despotism which he has been repre. sented to be by his violent commentators on the other side of the question.
Art. 19. A Letter to Edmund Burke, Esq; occasioned by his
Speech in Parliament, February 11, 1780. 8vo. Is. Bew. An attack on the principles and tendency of Mr. Burke's celebrated system of political economy, which is already under the review of ..the great council of the nation.
N. Art. 20. Observations on Mr. Burke's Bill for the better Reguo
lation of the Independence of Parliament, and æconomical Reformation of Efiablishments. By a Lady. Addressed to Lord North. 8vo. 1S. Becket. 1780.
There is sufficient internal evidence to verify the declaration in the title-page, that these are the observations of a lady; and since the quondam Mrs. M. has suffered private concerns to withdraw her attention from public affairs, this lady is ready to succeed her. But the mult corre&t her principles, a little, before she can hope to be installed in Alfred-house. Art. 21. Mr. E - B-r's Answer to his own Speech of the
inth of February, with Mr. Fox's Animadversions thereon. 'Taken in Short-hand at the
Tavern, in the Strand, Fe. bruary 2, and now first published by Lovel Tomlinson. 8vo. 1S. White.
Mr. T. informs his Reader, that he overheard the conversation he has here published, through a partition, while he fac drinking fixo pennyworth of punch at a tavern; and that he took it down in hopes of its paying for his punch. Probably he did not then recolle& that the Printer and Stationer would stand between the Publisher and his expected reimbursement. As he professes brachygraphy, he may in future find it more profitable to wait for employment in that
branch, than to exercise his talents upon speculation. . Art. 22. Reflexions on a Pamphlet, entitled, “A short History
“ of Opposition ;" with some Observations on the views of the
The Writer does not give this tract as a full answer to the pam.. phlet mentioned in the title-page, but only as a cursory animadversion on such parts of it as he deems' the most exceptionable.' His design is to wipe off some of the aspersions thrown out against, and to vindi. cate the characters of, a set of men [the gentlemen in opposition), whose views, in general, the Authoris convinced, have been dire&ted toward the public good! And I must own, says he, I feel a pleasure in doing this at a time *, when it is so unfashionable a thing to speak well of them, and when their advocates can expect to reap little other reward for their trouble, than the pleasure of being such, when almost every pen is employed, and every art which profti. tuted abilities can invent is made use of, co blacken and misrepresent their characters !'- This may be a well-meant, but it is a very night and cursory performance.
* This pamphlet is dated, December 11, 1779, but the publication did not then take place.
Art. 23. The Associators Vindicated, and the Protefiors Answered.
8vo. Is. Johnson. Contains the sober and judicious remarks of one who appears to be a steady friend to what we commonly understand by revolution principles. The Author, after defending the county associations, reminds the freeholders, &c. of Great Britain, of the opportunity that will be afforded them by the next general election, of consulting the security of our national rights, &c. in their choice of such men for our représentatives in parliament, as have given the fairelt proofs of their due regard to the sense of the people, as expressed in the county petitions. And he particularly exhoris them to beware of those who prefume to stile themselves The King's Friends; he considers the tenets usually maintained by these arrogant gentlemen, &c. From those tenets, he pronounces them to be enemies, not only to the conttitution, but even to the King himself. For his arguments in proof of this point, we' refer to his pamphlet.
POETICA L. Art. 24. Unanimity. A Poem. Most respectfully inscribed to
that truly patriotic Nobleman the Duke of Leinster. 410. 1 s. 6 d.
Bew. Art, 25. Rebellion and Opposition; or, the American War. A
Poem. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Blador. It is the property of some poisons to counteract each other's viru. lence. It will not be thought ill-judged, then, that the two poems above mentioned are clasted together, that, as bane and antidote, they may accompany each other. Though dictated by very opposite principles (if, indeed, they are dictated by any principle), they are, notwithstanding, so much of a complexion, that they ought to be inseparable. Whoever has patience to read the one, cannot poflibly think his time ill employed in a perusal of the other.
Qui Bavium non odit, amet tua carmina, Mævi. The former poem is as ftupidly scurrilous as the latter is gloomily malignant : one of the Writers is a ministerial inquisitor, who laments the ill timed leniiy of Government in not putting a stop to the turbulence of the times by death and confiscation,--and then exclaims,
O! eternal Jove !
Rebellion and Oppolition, page 18. The other is a filthy calumniator, lineally descended from the honest gentleman in Hudibras, who rode
upon a pair of panniers,
For want, however, of due kill in the management of his noisome materials, he rarely defiles any one but himself. - Here he comes, busily employed in his vocation of throwing dirt indiscriminately at all who stand in his way:
Professions ministerial who believes ?
Unanimity, page 20.
With respect to the literary merit of this par nobile fratrum, our opi. nion is, in great measure, included by the specimens we have given ; our Readers will easily perceive that the poetry of these congenial fouls is, at least, equal to their moderation
cat Art. 26. POETICAL EFFUSIONS. To which is added, the
War of Inis-thona; a Poem, from Oslian : In English Verse. 410. 2 s. 6 d. Hand, Bew, &c.
Though strict impartiality will not permit us to acknowledge that these Effusions are positively poetical, yet that they are negatively so, we will readily own: in short, they are not unpoetical. There is one pleasant effusion, in the manner of Hall's Crazy Tales : of which take the following specimen :
Talking of Adam, makes me wonder,
Whether or no